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Tuesday, June 7, 2005 Volume XIII, Number 250

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage First Church of the Nazarene has announced plans for a vacation bible school June 6-10 to be held from 6:00 to 8:15 each evening. The VBS is open to all children in the community from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. For more info or to arrange for a ride, contact the church office at 358-4265.

Did Ya Know?... The Salvation Army of Carthage began a Microsoft Works Beginners’ Computer Class on Monday, June 6. Classes are free and will meet twice weekly on Monday and Thursday for a period of four (4) weeks. Openings are still available in the afternoon class 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. located 125 E. Fairview. Call 358-2262.

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutest kittens at the Carthage Animal Hospital, 2213 Fairlawn Dr., during regular office hours. For more info call 358-4914.

today's laugh

An Old Farmer’s Advice:
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

The judge pointed with his cane at the prisoner before him.
"There’s a great rogue at the end of this stick."
The prisoner smirked, "At which end, Your Honor?"

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

A Very Lively Runaway.

Wm. Perry’s Driving Horse Made Two Dashes Across Court Square.

Wm. Perry’s fine black driving horse which the family has driven so much lately, ran away this morning and smashed up the buggy. The horse started from in front of the store just as Mr. Perry was about to get in to go home to dinner. Frank Pery was standing beside the buggy with the lines in his hand, but was unable to hold on after the horse started. Something frightened the horse and started it and in a few jumps it was going at a break-neck speed. It went east on the north side of the square and on east to Fulton; then south on Fulton and back over Fourth street to the square. During this trip the buggy lost a wheel and the top and seat - there was not much of the buggy left. The horse tore along the south and west sides of the square and started north on Main. When at the Second street crossing someone hit the horse in the face with a board and it jumped to one side and fell flat on the pavement in front of the McCormick Grocery Co;.’s stone. He got up however, before anyone could grab him, and started down the side walk until in front of L.E. Archias’ seed store he was caught and held.

In his dash down the sidewalk he scattered displayed goods in every direction. Strawberries, cherries, furniture, barrels, garden plants, boxes and boards etc., were all in a confused mass in his wake. The horse was unhitched when caught and seemed not in the least hurt. This horse ran away not long ago, starting the same way from the city library, but did not go far before caught.


Today's Feature

Two Homicides.

Carthage Police Chief Dennis Veach was contacted by the Mornin’ Mail on Monday afternoon for an update on the investigation of the Steverson double homicide case that began June 4. Veach said that one "person of interest" in the case had been arrested on narcotics charges after being questioned on Sunday afternoon. Micah Holman is now incarcerated at the Jasper County Jail with a $20,000 or higher bond.

The Carthage Police and Fire Departments responded to a residential fire at 1215 W. Budlong Saturday, June 4 at 6:03 a.m. The bodies of Marvin Steverson and Peggy Steverson were discovered in the house. According to Veach the fire was suspicious in nature prompting inspections. The deaths were determined to be homicides by the Jasper County Coroner.

Veach advises that the Police Department is still searching for a white 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4 door with the license 815-YAL which may have been taken from the scene. The car has a red interior. Persons with information concerning the car are advised to call the Police Department at 237-7200 and are advised not to approach the car.

Just Jake Talkin'
I never knew ‘xactly how long a "nick" was, but I gotta figure it’s pretty short. The cavalry always arrived just in the nick of time.

‘Course I never had any idea what a "nack" was at all. I just know my grandmother kept all her nacks on a shelf with her nicks. There wasn’t a nack shelf and a nick shelf, always a nick nack shelf.

Some folks insist on even makin’ more of such things by spelling it knickknack. Gives it some sense of respectability. Actually all this comes from the word knack. Knickknack is apparently someone’s idea of the plural of knack. A collection of knacks is a knackery.

A room used to store a collection of knickknacks is called a knickknackatory. I don’t recall ever hearin’ that term, but I think my aunt may have qualified as an unwitting keeper of a multilevel knickknackatory.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

McCune- Brooks Hospital
Weekly Column
To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Sciatic Nerve Is Body’s Longest

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have terrible pain in my left back and left leg. My doctor tells me I have sciatica. She advised me to take it easy and not do anything that causes pain. She didn’t give me anything for pain. Is there any pain medicine for it? — A.J.

ANSWER: The two sciatic nerves, the body’s longest and largest nerves, begin in the lower back, where nerve roots coming from the spinal cord intertwine to form them. They run from the lower back all the way to each foot. Sciatica is irritation of one of those nerves, and the irritation usually comes from something that is pressing on it. That something can be a protruding back disk, a narrow spinal canal, infection or even a tumor.

Pain relief is a legitimate request, and it can usually be obtained. Start out with medicines such as Tylenol or ibuprofen. Some people find that heat to the back helps. Others do better with cold. At times, alternating heat and cold works best. Don’t keep the heat or cold on the back for much longer than 15 minutes at any one time.

Some general advice for back pain: Sit in chairs that have a firm back, and sit as far back on the chair as possible, so that your thighs support your body weight. Don’t cross your legs when sitting. When riding in a car, wedge a rolled-up towel between your lower back and the car seat. Sleep on your side with your knees bent and a pillow between them.

If none of this is bringing you relief, you need stronger pain medicines, ones that require a prescription.

If none of this is bringing you relief, you need stronger pain medicines, ones that require a prescription. You should also be in a back rehab program. Physical therapists and occupational therapists can tailor one for your specific needs.

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